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THE USE OF THE BIBLE IN
"In contemplating th politicul institu.
tions of the United States, I lament," re.
marks Dr. Rush, "that we walte so much
time and money in punishing crimes, and
take no li:tle pains to prevent them. We
profess to be republicans, and vet, we
uieglect the only means of cstaiblishiing
n ptuating our republican forms oi
cit; that is the universal cdu.
aon our youth in the princiiles of
christianity by means of the Biblv; for
this divine book, abovc all others, fivors
that equality among mankind, that re
ingees for our law.4, and all those sober and
triaial rtues, which constitute the soul
cif rep icanism."
eT ove extract is from an essay on
*h importnnce of "adopting the Bible a
n 6dhool.book, above atj other composi.
tins." The subject is, con fessedly. one
of deep lnterest, and should claim;ithie at
tention of all instructors of youtb. We
ask leave to submit a few desultory re
pnarks upon it.
It is a pieM~ing circumstancc, that val
uable school books are multiplying, in
such'reaut abundance, in our country;
and that the charactter of most of' them
is such, th tt, they may be safely placed in
thme hands ofyo'uth. But. it is no lessq to
pe regrette~ that, the on/y~ book wvhichm
poamiour: holy religion--the cha rtcr
of our copnf'orts here, and of our hopes
hereafter-should, as if by a common
understanding,.be exiled from our schools
and seminaries o'flearning. We are not
unmindful of the fact. TIhat, In most, if
dt, in all our colleges, lectures on the
evidetdes of' phristianity, from a part of
thei plan of instruction. This .is right.
~id 1s a direct acknowledgment of the
divine origin of the scriptures. We are
also aware, that, theure are school-books
formed of selections from the Bible, end
interspersed with explanatory notes.
Theso.. however, are, for the most part,
of sectarian character; and for this, if
(ho other reason, are not adapted to a mix.
M'sohool, as all schools, more --or less,
are.- But, what we contend for, is the
uso of niot a part, or select portions only,
buit of- the .ohaole Bible as' a school-book.
Seydrilieasons might be urged in sup
port of tIls measure-we iriit at present
plron the followving-that charistian in-i
,t iyts, commnuniccdted to children in uthis
ak great preventive of evil. It
-11bp dmitted, we presume by every
~andid- ind, that man's mdrfal and mor
ial fa ples aro greatly disordered. Notr
a thn thn cffcct of mereacceidlent. occa.
d n fn Ine
Z nd mog A t i
#.e r. i o
WWO up..Ad~~r~gr s*
thai, ..,' * rtiWV go
alto, c iltilhe & *hysern
"ovfths .b ywdeo it uhiconn,
rt moraageney, to be fdund6' but
a ochristiaif irsti? and In
*whst,%vaycan. it- bobetteplfurnlshedi'than
by te daily .use of th Bible, hw Iholc
Bible, in our school4i the moral and
and. prostrated Tby tho Influenco of.sin
Wihat so calculate to give them a proper
direction, and renew their digor and
strength, asthe truth of God early cominiiu
nicated to the mind? If sin has trown its
midnight shadows over the soul--fthe
moral feelIngs. ha been most sadly
blunted; what IMectually dissipate
that darkness( piiheulthy tone
to the moral - As an early im.
plantation in tol th i-principles of
rectitude Inctile in te scriptures?
And what can. so .thoroughly "remove
from the soul those vicious propensities by
whiah it is governed, as the salutary in
flience of that t- th "nd grace, which a
knowledge of th divine word; is adapted
It may be objected, that, the business of
christian instruction belongs to the parent,
and the minister. This is readily grant
ed. But, we may be permitted to ask,
why not to the teacher? Why may it not
be considered a -part of his business to
improve the morals as well as the intel.
lects, of those committed to his care ? No
good reason can be assigned, why a teach.
er should not feel interested, and aim to
promote the improvement of both of the
minds and hearts of his pupils. If this
be admitted, allow us further to inquire
what measuro can be adopted, so well
fitted to secure these' important ends, as
the daily use of the Bible in schools ?-.
a book, acknowledged even by its avow
ed enemies, to contain the purcst system
of morality crcr giVen to man. And when
it is reiemberd, ,that the youthful mind
is so easily impressed...tht impressions
made in early life, are the most perma.
nent...and that these in a greater or less
degree, determine the future course and
character of a child; we see at once, the
importan3h'of having them of a salutary
and wholesome nature: and what so cal.
culated to prduce impressions of this
kind, as the holy instructions of the sa.
cred volume ?
These remarks are submitted with the
desire of directing attention to this in.
portant subject. It has been justly said,
that, "the greatest moral poicers on earth
are, the fimily circle and the common
schools." The remark is pregnant with
the weightiest truth in its application to
this country. Let these two "moral pow.
ers" become corrupted, and the wisdom
of human legislation will be taxed in
vain to check the tide of immorality and
vice, which wil) sweep over fair Reiub.
lic. But, let "the family circle, in( the
commou schools,'- be preserved pure and
unicontuminated ; and there will issue
from them, ais from two great fountains.
those healthful streams, which are to
cleanse the community from every spe.
ci's of moral freulence; and convey, to
succeeding generations, our f'reo iu'stitu.
tions, unimpiair( d, or untar'nishead b~y vlee.
Pine Lercl. " J. D.
flY GEORGE D. PRENTICE.
I was never a man of feeble courage.
There arc few scenes either of human or
elemental strife upon which I have not
looked with a brow of darinig. I have stood
ini the front of the battle when swvords were
gleaming and circlin~g a round me like
fiery serpents of the air-I have set on
the mountain pinacale, when the wvhirh
wind was rending its oaks from their
rocky cliffs, and scattering them piece
meal to the clouds-I have seen these
things wvith a swelling soul, that knew
not, that recked not ofdanger ; but there
is something in the thunder's voice that
makes me tremble like a child. I have
tried to overcome this unmanly weak
ness-I have called pride to my aid-h
have sought moral courage in the lesson
of philosphy--but it avails me nioth.
mug-at the first low moaning of the dis.
tant cloud, my heart shrinks, quivers,
Igasps, and die witin me.
My invol untary dread of thunder had
its origini in an Incident that occurred
when I was a boy of ten years. I had a
little cousin-a girl of the same age with
miyself, who had been the constant com.
panion of my childhood. Strange, that
afler the lapse of so many years, that
countenance should be so fatmiliar to me,
I can see the bright young creature-her
large eyes flashing like a beautiful gem,
her free hooks streaming as i joy upon the
rising gale, andl her check glowing like a
ruby through a wvreath of transparent
snow.-Hecr voice had the melody and
joyousness of a bird's, and whlen shea
botunded over the wooded hill or the fresh
green valley, shoutIng a glad answe'r to
every voicoofnature, and clasping her
little hands in the very ecstacy of youngt
existence. she looked na if braking, away
aWoi,6b to rttugrimeh I.er path a
aerothwfitehlds and I gladly beoame the
con)pfqin(60e',vIk. ieyie er'
summeanrormng more bbautlM id tl1.
Qnly, te. 1ittlo dfidd 0,iileditd that
scemedag-ptire and .white,and i-aoef;
as ifit had.been the inoenisesupok'ofhoe
burning oensor olthe skIs.ThoeJesy.
hung silent in thewc'ods, ho watersinthp
bhy had forgotten their' uriduladons, thk
flowers were bending their heads as-if
dreaming of. tl rainbow ind dowj-nthe
whole atmosphere was ofstcha sbf
luxurious sweetness that it seemed a6
of roses,'scattered down bty the handjbF'
a eri, from the far-off gardens of Para
die. The green earth and the blue sea
lay abroad in their boundlesness, and the
pencefdl sky bent over and blessed thein.
rhe little creature at my side was in a de.
lirium of happiness, and her clear, sweet
voice came ringing upon the air as .often
as she heard the tones of a favorite bird,
or found some strange-or lovely flower, is
her frolic wanderings. The unbroken
and almost supernatural tranquility of the
day continued until nearly noon. Tben
for the first time the indication of an ap'
proaching tempest was manifest. Over
the summit of a mountain, at the distance
of about a mile, the folds of a dark cloud
became suddenly visible, at the same in
stant a hollow roar came down upon the
as if it had been the sound of waves
n:.rocky cavern. The cloud rolled out
likd a bunner-fold upon the air, but still
the atmos)here was as calm and the leaves
as motioniess as before, and there was not
even a quiver upon the sleeping waters to
tell of the coming hurricane. - -
To escape the tempest was impossible.
As the only resort, we fled to an oak that
stood at the foot of a tall and rugged pre
cipceu. Here we remained and gazed
almost breuthlessly upon the clouds, mar
shalling thermsclves like bloody giants in
the sky. The thunder was not frequent,
but every burst was so fe-airflul that the,
young creature who stood by me shut her
eye convulsively, clung with desperate
strength to my arm, and shrieking as if
her very heart would break. A flew'
minutes and the storm was upon us. Da.
ring the height of its fury, the little girl
lifted her finger towards the precipice that
towered above us. I looked up, and an
amethystine flame was quivering upon its
gray peaks! and the next moment. t'o
cloud opened, the rocks tottered to their
foundations, a roar like the groan of a Uni
verse filled the air, and I felt myself blind.
ed and thrown, I knew not whither. flow
long I remained insensible I cannot tell,
but, when consciousness returned, the
violence of the tempest was abating, the
roar of the winds were dying in the tree
tops, and the deep tones of the cloud,
corming in fainler murmurs 'rom the East
I arose and looked tremblingly and al
most delirouisl y around. She was there
-the dear Idol of my infant love-stretch.
ed out on the green earth. Afler a mo
ment of irresolution, I went up and looked
upon her. The handkerchief upon her
nedht -is slightly rent, and a single dark
spot upon her bosom told where the path
way of her death hard beens At first I
clasped her to my breast with a cry of
lagony, and then laid her down, and gazed
upon her face almost with a feeling of
calmness. IHr bright, dishevelled ring
lets clustered sweetly around* her brow,
the look of terror had faded from her lips,
and infhnt smiles were pictured beautiful.
13' there; Ihe red rose tinge upon her cheek
was lovely as im life, and as I pressed it
to my own, the fountains of tears were op
ened, and I wept as if mny heart were wa
ters. I have but a recollection of what
followed--I only know that I remained
weep~ing anid miotioniless till the coming of
twilight, and I wias then taken tenderly
by the hand and lcd away, whore I saw
the countenance of parents and Aisters.
Many yenars have gone by on the wings
of light and shadow, but the seenes I have
portrayed still come over me, and at times,
with a terrible distinctness. T1he oak yet
stads at the base of the pareci pieee, but its
limbs are black and deadh, and the .hollow
trunk, looking upwards to the sky as 'if
calling to the clouds for drink,' is an em
blemn of rapid and noiseless decay. A
year ago I visited the spot, and the
thoughts of btygone years came thiourn
fully back to mae---thoughts~ of the little
innocent beinig who fell by side like
some beatutifujl tree of Spring, rent up by
the whirlwind in the midst of its blossom
ing. But I remeinbered...and oh ! there
w~alsjoy in the miemory---that she had gone
where no lighmninigs slumber in the folds
of the rainbow~ cloud, and w'here the sun
light waters are broken only by the storm
breath of Omni potence.
My readers will understand why I~
shrink iin terror from the thunder. E~ven
the consciousness of security is no relief
to mne---my fears have assumed the nature
of an instinct, and seem indeed a part of
QUA LIFICATIONS FOR MATRIMONY.
Tihte clergy of Iceland, hava the authority
conferr'ed y law, to refuse to marry a
womtnl unless she can read and write.
The p)ower is given upou the sound prin
ciple, that a woman must be qualified to
instruct her oflrspring, before being per.
mnittod to mnary
"Joh. 61 71 aiV
Y qg tutf
r1k ns aasot
wJohpe,'eb isf sas isentV
ad the trengthofij H1 -.
sardcte strthe ofth isiungur.l "'aond
moves except with theA itrtf-two sfti
arvJngnsemn, %'n 'on feh uid6. HiiA
wealth is literly bsyap eacia~n g
ormibust for'ik is imosi
ideas of the value of his m f 6
sources. FortyemillIon 6f dollarwou
scarcely cover the worth of hisiealdad
personal roperty tepheiiGirarjs es.
tate, was ompared with Atb/sr' butledl.
always farbldfiit Aht h'e innte pf thE
former's'dettain ohitA b askd wihin
r etein bnlliday
was the reply. Thatwordo,'shaid the
survivor, 'thaton't do. Sine Girardfil
death, Astor's wealth has nearly gdoublid.
Three summersago he made, in the profite
or certain pochasers of:real estate wihin
the city limits, for more than alhcay claya
conscoutively, S40,O00 a day. The old
mihllionarle is reputed to be rmean: he ii
not so; he is merely particular..--He givges
freely; he is moat bounteques in his private
charities. -To his countrymen,: the Ger.
mans, he has ever been nuuiificently kind.
It is not to be denied that his ancient hab.
its cling to him.--his habits of saihb, a
dislike to pay out money.-.-Take a true
anecdote as illustrative of thIT: Among
the subscribers to Audubon's magrnificent
work on ornithology, the subscription
price of which was S1oo a copy, appear.
ed the name of John Jacnb Astor.' Du.
ring the progress of the work, the'prose.
cution of which was exceedingly expen
sive, Mr. Audubon of course called upon
several of his subscribers fbr payments.
It so happened that Mr. Astor (probably
that he might not be troubled-abotit mall
matters) was not applied to before the de.
livery of all the letter-preps snd -plates.
-Then Mr..Audubon askedsfor his thou:
sand dollars; but. he was put ^of. -one
excuse and another. 'Ah Mr. Audubon,'
would the owner of millions observe,-'you
come at a bad time; money is very scarce;
I have nothing in Bank; I have invested
all my funds.' At length, for. the sixth
time, Mr. Audubon called upon Mr. As.
tor for his thousand dollars. As he was
ushered into the presence, he Tound Win.
B. Astor, the son, conversing with his fa.
ther. No sooner did) the rich man see
the man of art, than he began, &A h. Mr.
Audubon, so you have come again after
your money: hard times,- Mr. Audubon,
money scarce: but just \hen catching an
inquiring look from hisb n, he changed
his tone: however, MI.IAudubon, I sup
pose we must contrive. to let you have
some of your money, if possible. il.
ham,' he added, calling to his son, who
had walked into an adjoining parlor, 'have
we any money at all in the bank? 'Yes,
father!' replied William B., aupposing
thatlie was asked an earnest qustio,
pertinent to what they had been talking
about when the Ornithologist came, in,
'we have two hundred and twventy thou.
sand dollars in the Bank of N. York, sev
enty thousand in the City Bank, ninety
thousand in the Merchants', ninety-eight
thousand four hundred in the Mechanic's,
eighty.three thousand'--That'll do, that'll
do,' exclaimed John Jacob, interrupting
him, it 'seems that William can give you
a check for your money.'
"i1t is true that Mr. Astor has laid aside
nea'rly haif a million for the establishment
of a free library ina the City of New York.
Hie has wisely limited thc cost of the build.
ing to sixty thousand dollars; so that is
beneficence shall not, like Mr. Girard's,
be thrown away on marble anad mortar.
Hei has, in his will, appointed as librarian,
Mr. J. G. Coggswell, a gentleman of pro
found learning and varied accomplish.
meats, the former editor of the Newv York
Review, who has been for many' years an
inmate of Mr. Astor's house. Hie has
named Mr. Washington Irving as one o f
his executors, which will, of course, ren.
der the author of Astoria, prodigiously
rich. Fitz-Groene Halleck is, and has
been for many years, Mr. W. B. Astor's
(who is said to ho worth five millions, -n
dependent of his father) book-keeper. Isl
it not singular that Mr. Astor, who is an
illiterate mlan, should have gathered near
him persons so eminent as acholars and
UNANIMITY.-WhenI Curran wvas on
circuit, lie was put into a bed, from which'
'Naturer's kind restorer' was completely
frightened by the fleas. In the morning
he complained to the Landlady, who, h
usual, protested that the thing was simpos.
sihle.' 'Impossible or nol,' said Curran,
'if the fleas had been unanimous, they
would have pulled me out of bed.'
A sensible writer saya. 'o rm eve
prospered in the World, withotut (igho
- 4 -
e 7 1 8 y -hy r , -
news oend o
?awI's it. Al'~~ Fei4
o n 4i4ca6 be,
S'tents Rino less curous
the state diournalhijust0a
olutionin th E ii
OLD. M AID'S AST PRAE -
Jiropitious heave' oh len a
or me in d u
And humly fer my itin0 nW
I askno thoi irrsweal , or fase.. -I
Triflesiliko these, I Would-botttiame' *~
Nor splerndid'diceas nor ribhattire 1
'Tis n~,eof thiese trmost admire.
Myr prayer is short,.ohl grant it then -
'Tie hutsa word-Gjye me ames ;
Nordo are to pick or hooe,.
He, who is sent; I'iL not refuae.j
Tis not the, young, the -rich, thsb ye
Doctor, L yr oPro ri
But I'll be content-I know IC iad.
With any cleve3 'ommnon nan.
And every tongue proniounced my pralae
Many gay. lovers made their court, -1~-v
But-none could-mqve riay..hauty hesa II
Ye e happyda nhow are c a -
And Jbstlj-too,'foi I noglected
Those whom I eti ht tdhine ested ~ - -
But bfie kin e, Me a W
What anguisfiin rneank ."e'e - -
Oh! view-with propitieus oye my gtie- -
Ands oh! sendaruantomy. elie,
Orr BArcra. a
Hewhrs ores...----Rit rffste c
urer, writng at Hull, thus hu 6 Ql'tt5 -
recent .correspondonce .ketweetioi
8peakerWinthiro and Re-'Mr. Pafrey
Parson-Jack to Suipr-Bob.e .y
Dear Boli:. It would give me grekt
nleasure to poke you p to- the toW.
ut may I r'sc tlelyt i n ie wetbe -
* fyou got~p tru stipyur~ -
So t!-onntote g put as toatop
8o to-conatituto olam.digglng as not to 5
So to constitute ecl-pota at let 14
b -okfish. -
I am, dear Bob,
Ydur shipmatentith a inarinepd a:
Skipper Bob to Parson Jack. -
S ear Jack. I have got your scratch
and thank you for the offer tof that dig~ e -
your boat- ook; but I miust candidyia
that if s get upon theotrac, I
the mast~wkhout any sali.
I have not fishjed fb~ ihe ko r'
man's boathook. Iwas only slaped-ove
the shoulder by the boatawain Ua n
told to "bear a hand,"
I have been seven years s aI -salt
Junk before the moat, and iny
for a Dutchman. Ifyou have gzy3t
catch; bring 'em on..
I rmain, dear Jack, youp m y a
oakub, Son -k
very good boy, (said 16 old ladf hhe
hatlitle failings, for we are one fs
rfeet; he ut thupcat in the fire, "n
his grandfathers wig down in thoittrn
put is daddy's pqwder horn in thestve
tied the coffee pot to Jowler's tail, sot o
squibsinthe barn,took my o bobbi
for fishing lines, and tried to atiol
in his sister's eye; but those. aGoi? g - -
iah follies. -.
per makers mean woe~
cubbernant twixt M4Ofw 6
Wiff -said a marriedsman, -
his boot jaok anter abe .wa. I 2(4
have a ace-fbr all -
ouhtkd i - -